Reviewed: June, 2020
Released: 2005, Holy Records
Rating: 4/5 (Just the DVD)
Over the years I’ve done a number of more ambitious series of reviews instead of simple stand-alone reviews. This is perhaps my most ambitious project yet. This series of reviews was born out of three seemingly dissimilar and unrelated components; my viewing habits, a stockpile and the global pandemic of 2020.
As a habit and personal preference, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I prefer to read and listen to music. Over the years whenever I have bought a CD, often it will come with a bonus DVD. I would listen to and enjoy the CD and because I don’t watch much TV I just started putting the CD’s with a bonus DVD in a pile, thinking to myself, “I’ll watch the DVD….‘someday’. Over time the pile grew and grew and grew.
Secondly, it has long been a personal goal of mine, and Metal-Rules.com, to review every Hard Rock and Heavy Metal DVD on the planet. Over the years we have reviewed hundreds of stand-alone DVD’s, more than almost every other Metal webzine. However these little bonus DVD’s that come with CD’s are often, dare I say it, are largely inconsequential or ‘throw-away’ DVD’s, with not much substance other than a video or two, or maybe a brief ‘making of’ the album at hand. They are neat for the die-hard fans who want to shell out a couple extra bucks for the deluxe version of the CD but mostly they are not a big deal, very often there is not enough true content to release on their own.
At the tail end of March 2020, like many thousands of people, I lost my job due to lay-off’s precipitated by the global pandemic. In my first real full-week of self-isolation, it was April 1st in the evening, and I was sitting thinking, “How am I going to keep myself productive and occupied these next several weeks?” And there it was, sitting on my desk, staring me in the face as it had all these years. A pile of EXACTLY 50 CD’s with bonus DVD’s that needed reviewing! That ‘someday’ had suddenly became, ‘now’.
And so begins… The Covideo Chronicles. (Covid + video…get it?) By the time you read this I will have reviewed all 50 DVD’s sitting in that pile and compiled this series. 50 DVD’s. 50 days. 50 reviews. Some of these bonus DVD’s are full concerts and documentaries, some are merely a few minutes long. My goal was to do a very quick synopsis of the DVD (not even the CD) just the DVD. I’m quite sure many of these albums have already been reviewed over the years here on Metal-Rules.com. In fact, the longest part of these reviews will probably be my rambling introduction.
These are in no particular order. I was thinking of doing them chronologically by release date or maybe alphabetically but in the end I decided to review what I felt like watching that day. This exercise was a simple daily task, it kept me keep me amused and primarily I’m glad to get that damn pile off my desk. Enjoy!
There are any number of competent and entertaining Death/Black Metal bands out there but Soulgrind was one band I jut happened to latch onto early. They were pretty early on the gothic/symphonic clean female vocals style quite early on and it caught my ear and made me a loyal fan.
Their seventh album THE ORIGINS OF THE PAGANBLOOD came with a bonus DVD called ‘Grinded Soul Circle’. I’d never seen a Soulgrind video before. I’m sure they are on the Youtube but I barely ever use that, so it was really nice to see the DVD had four Soulgrind videos! I didn’t even know they existed to be honest! They are of varying degrees of quality, between performances and storyline presentations.
There are five live songs from a concert on July 1st, 2005 in Helsinki. I’ve never seen them live so this was a nice treat. The footage is pretty raw, having about four or five cameras, mostly alternating between still shots. It’s a small club gig but the crowd is into it. Ms Lilith’s voice is as powerful live as it is in the studio.
There is also quite a large photo gallery from over the years, studio stuff, live shots and publicity photos. Oddly there is no music while the slides are running, almost every other slide show I have seen has some music over it while you watch.
One of the nice features is an audio component. Before I put it on I just assumed it would be a 5.1 Dolby mix of the album or something similar but to my pleasant surprise it is a selection of rare and unreleased bonus tracks! There are three demos tracks from 1996. There are two new unreleased songs but they don’t say where or when they are from and three live songs, but again they don’t say where they are from. It’s very cool, almost an albums worth of rare material.
It has been 10 years since these Finn’s put out an album, and I believe this is their only DVD, so this will have to hold me over until another album comes, if ever.